The Associated Press /Associated Press – SEATTLE (AP) NFL players are defending their use of a slogan from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that was a play on the word “No” in a tweet from Trump in October 2020.
Trump, who is running for president in 2020, made the comments while campaigning in Michigan on the eve of the presidential election.
But the Trump campaign quickly said they were mischaracterizing the shirt as a response to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
The shirt says “No Trump” on the front and a star with the word in a circle at the top.
On the back is a star of the United States with the words “Make America Great Again” and a message saying “You made us great again!”
Trump later apologized and said the slogan was a mistake.
The team of former Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive end David Bruton, who are part of the Seahawks Super Bowl 50 championship team, was among the players who wore the shirt during the Super Bowl.
“There is no question in my mind that this shirt was meant to be a rallying cry against the Democratic Convention, not a statement of any political party,” Wright said in a statement.
“It is the kind of shirt that will go down in history as one of the best in team history.
The players and staff have done everything in their power to make this shirt a success, and it was an honor to wear it during the game.”
The team’s owner, Richard Sherman, has said the shirt was intended as a reminder to supporters that Trump is “unfit to be president” and is a “racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, Islamophobe.”
“We’re not going to stand by and let him win,” Sherman said in October.
The NFL said it had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.